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How to Organise Your Spare Room

Gearing up for guests

  • Do you have guests coming to stay?
  • Do you want to create a permanent or occasional guest room?
  • Do you want to create an Airbnb spare room to rent out?

We have superb storage solutions for every sized room for every occasion, so your friends, relatives and guests always feel welcome.

How to create a permanent Guest Room

Whether you've got a mate staying over or you're trying to impress your gran, you'll want to make them feel comfortable. So here's our basic guest room checklist...

  • Bedside cabinet / table
  • Bedside light
  • Clothes rail
  • Chest of drawers
  • Luggage rack
  • Bin

A guest room bedside table or bedside cabinet. It helps them feel right at home... just add a bedside light, fresh flowers... and give them enough room on top for a glass of water, plus their mobile – and alarm clock if they're a heavy sleeper. A drawer cabinet also gives them room to store clothes.

Try our traditional Mobel and La Roque designs, our simplistic modern Cubes, our retro 50's style Side Table or our Retro style Locker Shop all our Bedside Cabinets.

Top Tip: Have an easily accessible extension lead, so they can charge their mobile or tablet etc.

No socket? No worries.

Try our cordless rechargeable battery powered lamps. Our Light To Go lasts up to 14 hours, while our ANI Lamp lasts up to 16 hours – and you can just touch it to switch it on, or turn it off.

To give them more room, try our chests of drawers. Our Montpellier version matches the bedside table; our New York Loft option oozes style; and our novel 3-Drawer Storage Chest has the shape of a travel trunk. If they need lots of hanging space, try our zip-up Canvas Wardrobe.

Top Tip: Make your guest room more welcoming: line your drawers with scented paper or even with anti-moth drawer liners to deter hungry eaters!

Where's ya bin?

It's the little things that make all the difference. So remember to give your guests a bin: our Seagrass Wastepaper Bin is a traditional woven design, while our squeezed elliptical Skinny Bin helps you save space.

I rest my case

It's so easy to forget, but every guest needs a place for their case. Our wood and webbing Suitcase/ Luggage Rack is strong, portable and foldable, so you can store it flat when not in use.

All-in-one spare room storage solutions

Our Freestanding Scandi Clothes Storage Rack has 1 full-width, full-length hanging rail, plus 1 extra half-width, half-length rail...

...or try this A-frame Slimline Coat Stand with Shelf.

For a more elegant, classic look, our Wooden Clothes Valet Stand is beautifully made from bamboo. Guests can just lay out their trousers, shirt and jacket for the morning. Plus, there's a handy tray for jewellery, watch, cufflinks, coins and keys.

How to create an occasional Guest Room

If you want to use your spare room most of the time for extra storage – and occasionally as a guest room, then we've clever options to maximise every inch of space when welcoming guests.

Foldable guest storage

To save space, try our Oak Butlers Side Table as a bedside table: it folds flat for easy storage.

Think thin.

Our Pack of 5 Velvet Coat Hangers are softly covered to be kind to clothes and for £6 they're kind on your pocket: that's just £1.20 a hanger. Slimline to save space, they've an extra hook, so your clothes can hang on the hangers, one under the other.

Portable storage

If you're using your spare room for storage, you can now move your stuff out hassle-free when your guest moves in. Our Portable Double Clothes Rail and Elfa In-Wardrobe are wheel-in-wheel-out solutions.

Plus, they're so easy to add to...

Add some space-saving hanging storage

You've no need to buy a chest of drawers: our Hanging Organiser with Drawer hangs from any rail.

Elfa: the swap in/ swap out solution for a spare room/ guest room

The Elfa system is perfect for guest rooms as it's modular. So you can rejig it any time. Just screw the top bar in and click in the guest storage off it. When they're gone, you can reconfigure it back into an office, craft room or storage room etc.

Try our Elfa Hanging Starter Kits for your guests

Maximise every inch of space

Alcoves are opportunities: just put a rail across them and add hanging storage. Rails can be easily cut to any size and come in five set lengths from 45-180cm.

How do I store more clothes on my wall or door?

Our Over Door Flip Valet Hook and Clothes Valet Hanger can be wall/door mounted to hold guest hangers. Plus, both designs fold discretely flat afterwards.

See our over-the-door storage blog for more options including hooks for guest towels and coats etc.

Sleep on it

Think about storage within or under the bed. Bed bases can have pull-out drawers, or be lifted up ottoman-style to reveal the bed's full footprint for storing guest bedding, out-of-season clothes etc.

Or buy a folding bed, sofabed or a hidden away guest bed that can slide out from underneath yours.

Underbed storage

Our underbed storage in Willow, Fibreboard and Hessian are great ways to store your things even when your guest is staying. Plus, our 3x XXL-sized Under-Bed Boxes swallow 60 litres of clutter.

Vacuum storage

With our vacuum storage you can shrink your out-of-season clothes, blankets, duvet and pillows to a fraction of their normal size to store under the guest bed. Choose 108L, 145L, 165L, 180L, 190L and 210L sizes.

So go on, give your guests the warmest welcome.

Everything shown above is part of our Spare Room and Guest Room Storage Collection.

Want something specific that you can't see? Just call our Storage Experts.